Popular Materials to Work With when Building with Shipping Containers
Those who have seen this trend before understand how versatile the shipping container can be as a building material. It’s a boxy, empty structure that has rigidity and function already inscribed in it. These containers form the backbone of some of the most exciting new houses and complexes to come out of innovative heads. But what makes these structures truly interesting is the vast amount of materials that can be adapted for use in the design. Here are some of the popular choices when building with shipping containers.
The whole nature of building with shipping containers invites the builder to recycle old materials. The whole home is recycled, so it makes sense to continue that theme with some recycled wood in the design. The floor boards, he wall panelling, and even the roof can be laid with recycled pallet wood, reclaimed and refurbished. It has been used as polished floor boards, decking materials on the roof, and wooden accent walls within the building. Some even use it to create furniture even to accentuate the home’s design
The feeling inside the shipping container can be dark and claustrophobic. That’s why so many builders choose to incorporate glass into the construction. It’s a feature that no only opens up the room to free lighting; it also allows the space to feel warmer and friendlier to the occupants inside. It can be as simple as a few windows cut into the metal walls. It could even be an entire side cut away and replaced with large windows and glass doors. It transforms the feel from dark and closed in to warm and welcoming.
Some really enjoy the feel and look of the shipping container in its raw form. To them, it’s an industrial look that can be chic and cool. To those who value this look, they choose to furnish and adorn their homes with other industrial ideas. This means using concrete to form solid shapes and lines, clean and sparse interiors with a focus on necessity and function. It may even be that the containers aren’t altered to hide their corrugated walls and ceilings, but rather use them to serve as the motif and design of the home.
Indoor and Outdoor Blends
The chance to blend the indoors and outdoors can become a reality in the shipping container homes. It’s a way to use elements like natural light, fold-away glass doors and even the roof as a terrace and garden. Lots of greenery and open space is necessary to pull this look off. It reduces the feeling of living in tight spaces, but it makes the owners seem as they are living in the outdoors while still enjoying safety and comfort inside.
These ideas are certainly popular, but they are not the full scope of what’s possible in these homes. These “blank slate” containers are the best way to bring any design idea to life that the owners see fit.